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just passed SCEA/OCMJEA - some thoughts after

Sorin Ciolofan
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Joined: Feb 07, 2011
Posts: 17

Hello all!

Today I just received the email from Oracle that I've passed the Architect certifications. It was a great experience for me and I'd like to share with you some thoughts.

- I'm also a SCJP and SCWCD. All the study was Self-Study for all the Sun certifications. So the path that I would recommend to any person to get to SCEA is the natural one: programmer -> developer -> architect. Get certififed first as SCJP. Then get certified as a developer (SCWCD,SCBCD, etc). Then learn for SCEA.That would help you to understand things better. Just being a person without a few years of Java real programming experience and trying to certify as an Architect won't help.

- The Sun exams in general are a great experience - you learn something very useful, you structure your information when you learn; you have a global view - and for all the effort you are rewarded at the end! The exams never ask you to memorize things.

- For the specific Architect exam:

- part1 is the most difficult one. The questions are difficult and time is very limited.
- part2 was the most enjoyable for me. It was a real pleasure to work on the design for the assignment. The problem is not difficult, the types of diagrams you are asked to provide are basic diagrams (classes, component, deployment, sequence). There is nothing sophisticated required to model. Just keep it simple and clean. Document all logical assumptions you made when deciding associations between classes (1..n; n..n, etc). I did not chose any framework such as Struts/Hibernate/Spring; just standard J2EE components (JSP's, EJB's) and it was OK.
- part3 - do not underestimate it. Focus on the questions, try to write as much as possible (do not write 1 sentence per question!) and always think at your problem solution when answering. Justify your design in your answers.

The books I've used to certify are:
- Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for Java EE Study Guide (Exam 310-051) (Certification Press) [Paperback]
Paul Allen (Author), Joseph Bambara (Author) http://www.amazon.com/Certified-Enterprise-Architect-310-051-Certification/dp/0071488618/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_c
- Sun Certified Enterprise Architect for Java EE Study Guide (2nd Edition) [Paperback]
Mark Cade(Author), Humphrey Sheil (Author) http://www.amazon.com/Certified-Enterprise-Architect-Study-Guide/dp/0131482033/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_b
- Read EJB 3.0 specifications from Sun
- Read J2EE 5 tutorial from Sun/Oracle (especially the Web Services part III) http://download.oracle.com/javaee/5/tutorial/doc/gexaf.html

All the best and good luck!

Sorin


Yegor Bugayenko
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Joined: Feb 11, 2011
Posts: 54
Congratulations!


SCEA, PMP, OCUP
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Sorin Ciolofan
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Joined: Feb 07, 2011
Posts: 17
Yegor Bugayenko wrote:Congratulations!


Thank you very much!

Best regards,
Sorin
Sharma Ashutosh
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Joined: Apr 06, 2001
Posts: 346
Congrats!!!


Ashutosh Sharma
SCJP 1.2, SCEA 5, Brainbench certified J2EE Developer, Documentum Certified Professional
Blog : http://scea5-passingpart2and3.blogspot.com/
Sorin Ciolofan
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Joined: Feb 07, 2011
Posts: 17
Sharma Ashutosh wrote:Congrats!!!


Thanks
Krishna Jonnalagadda
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Joined: Feb 09, 2010
Posts: 43
Congrat !!
Sorin Ciolofan
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Krishna Jonnalagadda wrote:Congrat !!

Thanks
 
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